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FCA opens notifications for temporary permissions regime in case of no-deal Brexit

By François Pfister, Anne-Gaëlle Delabye In order to ensure that investment funds that are currently marketed in the United Kingdom under the European Economic Area (EEA) passporting regime continue to be able to do so in the event of there being no implementation period based on the withdrawal agreement after 29 March (no-deal Brexit), the […]

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

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Go global, but think local

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Shop incompetent sole practitioners, says SPG

The chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG) has called on its members to shop fellow sole practitioners who provide an “incompetent, not to say negligent” service. Fay Landau, writing in Solo – the SPG’s quarterly magazine for its 5,000 members – said that because of the need to reduce the massive cost of indemnity […]

Law centre first victim of franchising deadline

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Summary judgments in the dock

Barry Samuels says that too many summary judgments are being obtained in cases where there is a real and arguable defence to the plaintiff’s claim. The summary judgment procedure is over-used and widely abused, yet there is a place for it. The purpose is to enable a plaintiff to obtain judgment without trial where there […]

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